Seeking NOC for Junior World Cup should be treated as a routine matter: Khokhar

ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 (APP): President Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Brig. ® Khalid Sajjad Khokhar has said that taking No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government for sending a team for some international event is a routine matter and doing same for the Junior World Cup is not an exception.

A section of Pakistani media as well as some Indian media outlets recently reported that Pakistan’s participation in the event hangs by a slender thread as the federation needed NOC from the government for that.

“Our participation in all international events, whether these take place in India or elsewhere in the world is always linked with government’s permission. Same is true about Junior World Cup,” he told APP.

He said seeking NOC was a routine matter and there was nothing exceptional if the federation was doing the same to send junior outfit to India. “It’s a routine practice and hence should be treated as a normal procedure,” he said.

Khokhar said that participation in the Junior World Cup mattered a lot for the federation as Pakistan hockey was passing through a re-building process.

The Junior World Cup is scheduled to take place between December 8 and 18 in Lucknow, India and it will feature 16 best teams from around the world, including Pakistan.

But Khokhar said that preparations for the event were underway and the federation was eying to finish at the top in the tournament. “Still there are two months for the tournament to take place. It is very important event for us. Hence were making preparations accordingly.”